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All aboard the Energy Bus!

Wed, 2018-09-05 09:47

Over the summer a group of Edinboro Elementary teachers began to transform their classrooms with a little help from a book called The Energy Bus.  

Throughout the summer Edinboro Elementary Principal, Mr. White would engage teachers by asking them to reflect on the reading. The book focuses on a positive attitude in all aspects of life and empowers the reader to be the driver of their own bus by choosing to react positively to things. 

After reading the book, some third-grade teachers decided to read the kid version to their classes. This version focuses on 5 simple rules, create a positive vision, fuel your ride with positive energy, no bullies allowed, love your passengers and enjoy the ride!  

These rules have been displayed in participating classrooms to focus on for the year.  For their first assignment related to the book, students participated in a directed drawing of a school bus, then they wrote about how they would ride it into the new year with positive energy. The kids loved the project and are positively ready for the new school year. 

3 GMHS teachers save big with DIY

Tue, 2018-09-04 11:38

Three General McLane High School technology teachers have been doing some extra work on the side that will greatly benefit the students and school district. 

After 40 years of operation, Edinboro Lanes closed its doors for good in April to the dismay of the Edinboro community.  

Edinboro Lanes is in the process of being gutted, and the old lanes were up for grabs. General McLane High School technology teachers Nick Basko, Timothy Snair and Tyler Stuyvesant were given access to the lanes by the company tasked with deconstructing the alley, and they painstakingly removed a couple truckloads of wood that will be used for building work benches in General McLane High School’s shops.  

Purchasing those work benches by traditional means would have cost thousands of dollars. This DIY project is free of charge thanks to Basko, Snair and Stuyvesant. 

This isn’t the first time these three have helped out after hours. They are always attending auctions in order to buy wood and tools that they then donate to the lab. Any time an issue with equipment arises, they fix it, which saves money on repairs and maintenance. They were even here often over the summer helping students work on machines and clean the labs. 

Thank you to these General McLane teachers for the work they did to repurpose old wood and bring our students new work benches!  


GMHS student wins national welding award

Tue, 2018-09-04 09:26

When General McLane High School junior Isabella Beason opted to take an Independent Study last spring, she hoped to find a project that would align with her interest in art.

Although a technology education focus did not seem like an obvious fit, Beason wanted to create a practical piece of art, so she used her independent study to expand her knowledge of metals. During the six-week program, Beason manufactured a lamp resembling an octopus, made completely of metal and an Edison light bulb.

Her creation, Octolampus, placed third nationally in the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF) Arc Welding Foundation’s 2018 Welding Awards Competition.

JFLF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of arc welding through education. Each year, the JFLF’s Welding Awards Program rewards excellence and inspires advancement in the field.

Students compete among students in their region. To advance to the national level, Beason first competed regionally with students from 17 different states and territories, including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Beason purchased the light bulb from a flea market and then designed the remainder of the lamp with metals. For the arms, Beason welded different steels together. Three of the eight limbs were created using 3/4’” hot rolled round steel and serve as a tripod to support the lamp. The other five were created using a 16-gauge steel sheet and are used for artistic purposes.

For more information, read the District’s full release.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-08-31 09:41

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring Edinboro Elementary’s Diann Smith, who has worked for the District for 19 years.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Smith enjoys singing in her local church choir. Before teaching, Mrs. Smith has held a wide variety of jobs. She has done everything from painting apartments to working at a Chuk-E-Cheese.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

The students of course!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I truly think that I get to teach some of the best students in the world here!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

My favorite memories are standing with awesome students and seeing the look on their faces when their hard work finally pays off.

Did you know ….

When she was in high school, Mrs. Smith had her jaw broken in five different places. On purpose!

Healthy Eating in the Cafeteria

Thu, 2018-08-30 11:31

Food Service Coordinator Nicole Keller dishes some tips for eating healthy in the cafeteria.

Getz featured for trail run

Thu, 2018-08-30 10:52

McKean Elementary Principal Michael Getz was recently featured with the Clinton County Visitor  Bureau for his involvement in the Hyner Half-Trail Marathon last week.

The Hyner Half (for runners only trail run) starts and ends at Hyner Run State Park. More than 170 people registered for the event, with 143 ultimately completing the course.  Participants came from five states. 

Getz finished 44th out of 143 and 6th in his age group with a time of 2:49 minutes.

Getz, who ran cross country and track as a student-athlete at Edinboro University, has been running for 40+ years. This past June, he ran a trail marathon in Leadville, Colorado where the elevation started at 10,200′ and climbed to over 13,000′.

Congratulations to Mr. Getz!

First Day of School Video

Wed, 2018-08-29 14:57


General McLane School District officially kicked off the first day of school yesterday — and for some kindergarteners, it was today! For more photos, visit our Featured Photos Page (

New PBIS system introduced to 5th and 6th grade

Wed, 2018-08-29 11:30

Students got straight to business on the first day where Mr. Whitford introduced the new PBIS system to the 5th and 6th graders today! Each Tuesday, we will gather as a group to discuss different areas of the school, and the behavior expectations for in that area.

PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, is a national model that promotes positive behavior and growth.  JWPMS has been implementing the PBIS system since last December.

Chilling out on the First Day

Wed, 2018-08-29 11:08

First days can be intimidating, especially when it’s 90 degrees outside.  The first graders at McKean Elementary took time to cool off with some popsicles courtesy of Mrs. Polaski!

GMHS hosts Freshman Orientation

Mon, 2018-08-27 10:29


General McLane High School hosted its annual Freshmen Orientation on Friday.

The day, which focuses on helping the students feel welcomed and part of the school, started with the doors of the high school gymnasium swinging open and this year’s 191 freshmen streaming in to cheers and applause from upperclass “Link Crew Leaders.” Following the welcoming ceremony, students split into group sessions with student leaders and advisors.

General McLane’s Freshmen Orientation is part of a national program known as Link Crew.This high school transition program welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout their first year of high school. Although this program starts with Freshmen Orientation, it continues throughout the year with academic and social follow-ups between the Link Crew Leaders (upperclassmen) and the freshmen.

General McLane launched this program in 2008 as the District’s effort to focus on the ninth grade transition. This was a result of critical research that showed that “graduating freshman to sophomore status” is a key determining factor as to who graduates from high school. According to the research, students who do not earn enough credits in 9th grade to move to 10th grade are at higher risk for dropping out.

General McLane is the only district in Erie County that uses this program. Before Link Crew, the High School orientation program was “Students for Academic Excellence,” which started in the late 80s.

Freshmen Orientation is one of the many student orientations that took place this week. Kindergarten Orientation and New Student Orientations also took place this week.

Introducing GMHS’ Mrs. Zewe

Mon, 2018-08-27 09:25

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Kaitlin Zewe will be a part-time learning support teacher and a part-time Personal Care Assistant at General McLane High School. Zewe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she was a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Pan-Hellenic Council, Alpha Sigma Alpha and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has worked at Our Lady of Peace, KinderCare Learning Center, Culbertson Hills Golf Course and Nick’s Place. Outside of her work experience, Zewe has volunteered with numerous organizations, including Girls on the Run and Rake.

Outside of school, Zewe — who was just married this summer — enjoys bike riding, playing golf and reading.

“I am looking forward to being back in the General McLane community and becoming involved in the school,” Zewe said.

Introducing Edinboro’s Miss Murphy!

Sat, 2018-08-25 09:48

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Kaitlyn Murphy will be a long-term substitute, serving as a third-grade teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. She previously served as a substitute teacher, serving last year as a long-term substitute for James W. Parker Middle School’s Life Skills classroom. Murphy has also worked for KinderCare Learning Center and St. Paul’s Child Development Center. Murphy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she volunteered with the Council for Exceptional Children, the Barber Center, Therapeutic Riding of Erie County and as a peer mentor with the Student-Athlete Academic Program.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Zewe

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. McDowell

Sat, 2018-08-25 09:44

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Amber McDowell will be an Emotional Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She previously worked as a math teacher and Learning Support teacher at Perseus House Charter School of Excellence. Prior to working at the Perseus House, McDowell worked nearly ten years at both the Gannondale School for Girls and Barber National Institute. She graduated with both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Edinboro University.

Outside of teaching, McDowell enjoys spending time with my family, including her husband and two children (ages 10 month and 2). When we are not chasing the kids around the house, McDowell said she enjoys going to the local zoos, amusement parks and the beach.

“This school year, I am looking forward to meeting my students and helping them find success,” McDowell said.

UP NEXT: Ms. Murphy

Introducing GMHS’ Mr. Kuftic

Fri, 2018-08-24 07:33

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Casey Kuftic will be an Emotional Support teacher at General McLane High School. Kuftic returns to General McLane School District after serving as a fifth-grade teacher in Philadelphia for two years and most recently as a Targeted Case Manager for Penn Medicine. Prior to being in Philadelphia, Kuftic served as an Emotional Support Teacher for James W. Parker Middle School. Kuftic has also worked for AmeriCorps and the Barber National Institute. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where he was involved with the Council for Exceptional Children and the Edinboro Club Lacrosse program.

UP NEXT: Mrs. McDowell

Introducing GMHS’ Mr. Knight

Thu, 2018-08-23 10:24

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Maximillian Knight will be a Social Studies teacher at General McLane High School. Prior to coming to General McLane, Knight served as a long-term substitute at Fort LeBoeuf High School and has coached track and field at both Harborcreek High School and Slippery Rock University. Knight earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Slippery Rock University, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant. While at Slippery Rock, Knight volunteered with Special Olympics, worked with ESL students and was involved with the Humanities Ladder program at a local high school. He also competed for the University’s Track and Field team.

Knight loves being outdoors when he isn’t teaching. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and having archery competitions with his brothers.

“One thing I am looking forward to more than anything is getting to know my students.  I am also excited to teach creative and engaging lessons, which hopefully (fingers crossed) makes them enjoy history class,” Knight said.

Mr. Knight is replacing Mr. Zimmerman who retired at the end of the last school year.

UP NEXT: GMHS’ Mr. Kuftic

Introducing GMHS’ MRS. Hanley

Wed, 2018-08-22 13:16

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Arianna Hanley will be a Health and Physical Education Teacher at General McLane High School. Hanley previously served as a long-term substitute in this role during the 2017-2018 School Year. Hanley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science. While attending Edinboro University, Hanley worked at both French Creek Valley Christian Child Care and the Meadville Public Library. She also volunteered in a variety of roles at Edinboro, including for their Scots Survival Run and the University’s Wheelchair Basketball team.

Hanley is a third generation HPE teacher and outside of the classroom she loves outdoor activities, plays slow pitch softball and has a hidden passion for photography.

“Everyone was so welcoming during my long term subbing position and I’m so excited to actually be a part of this wonderful family!” Hanley said. UP NEXT: GMHS’ Mr. Knight


Introducing JWPMS’ Mr. Brasington

Wed, 2018-08-22 10:17

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Jeffrey Brasington will be a Learning Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Brasington served the last nine years as a Special Education teacher in the Corry Area School District, working at both the Erie City School District and the Barber National Institute prior. While working at Corry, Brasington served on the District’s School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support team and the School Improvement Committee and also served as Student Council Advisor, freshman class advisor and Connections Summer Camp Group Supervisor. Brasington earned his Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.

Outside of teaching, Brasington loves learning about vehicles, especially their new technology aspect. He has been a member of Motortrend since 1995.

“I am looking forward to being a positive influence for the General McLane community,” Brasington said.

UP NEXT: GMHS’ Ms. Hanley

Introducing Edinboro’s Mr. Beck

Wed, 2018-08-22 08:31

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Michael Beck will be a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. Beck recently graduated from Edinboro University with his Bachelor’s degree after completing his student-teaching at Edinboro Elementary. While at Edinboro University, Beck was a PSCAR Scholar Athlete and earned the PSAC Men’s Basketball Champion Scholar Award. He has served as an adapted swimming instructor and a lifeguard at Waldameer and has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including the Rollin’ for Relief Charity Event and after-school programs.

Outside of teaching, Mr. Beck enjoys fishing and being outdoors. He is also studying to get a personal training certification. “I was excited to have the opportunity to set up my own classroom this summer,” Mr. Beck said. “It really hit me that, ‘I’m a teacher now,’ once I started to put stuff up in my room, and I sat down at my desk for the first time. I’m eager to share my excitement with the students.” Mr. Beck will take over for Mr. Marafine, who is now at James W. Parker Middle School.

UP NEXT: JWPMS’ Mr. Brasington

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Barbarini

Tue, 2018-08-21 15:04

General McLane School District welcomes nine new teachers to the District this year.
We will be introducing you to each one!

Laura Barbarini will be a fifth-grade teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Barbarini previously served 14 years in the Corry Area School District, serving as both a middle school English and Language Arts teacher, as well as a Literacy Coach. While with Corry School District, she served on the District’s Steering Committee, Secondary Literacy Council and Curriculum Committee. She also was the co-director of the PennLake National Writing Project and the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year in 2010. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Edinboro University.

Outside of teaching, Barbarini is married and has three boys ages six and under. She loves any activity that allows her to be outdoors and spends a lot of time at local parks and the Peninsula. She also enjoys a variety of crafts, including refinishing older furniture.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the McLane staff and students and becoming an active participant in the community,” Barbarini said.

UP NEXT: Edinboro Elementary’s Mr. Beck

General McLane 2018 Hall of Fame Induction takes place Friday

Mon, 2018-08-20 09:10

The General McLane 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is slated to take place this Friday, August 24. Following a reception at Nick’s Place, the new members will be formally inducted into the GM Athletic Hall of Fame. During halftime of the Lancers’ football home opener versus Slippery Rock, the new members, along with current HOF members in attendance, will be honored.

This year’s inductees:


Tami Hyziewicz was a member of the General McLane High School Class of 2001. While an outstanding student graduating with honors and receiving numerous academic awards, Tami also participated at a high level in her favorite sport, soccer. Her accomplishments included being selected to the all-Erie County League three times, broke the GM school record in scoring two years in a row, scored the game winning goal in one-half of her games played with 98 total career goals, was a three-time ​recipient​ of the Erie Times-News Athlete of the Week, her team was the ECL Champion three times during her career and District 10 champs her Junior year. Following graduation, Tami continued her career at Gannon University and played soccer for four years. She was named to the GLIAC All-Academic team and was second on her team in scoring. Tami graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Physician Assistant degree having achieved the Dean’s List every semester. Tami is currently a PA and resides in Willow Park, TX with her daughter Aubrey.



Ryan Skelton was a member of the GM Class of 2008. Ryan was an excellent student in high school but still found time to participate in athletics and was a 12-time letter winner in three sports-football, basketball and track and field. In football, he was a 4-year starter and was named to the all-region team three times, scored 26 career touchdowns scoring 216 points and recorded 296 career tackles. In addition, Ryan was a valuable member of the 2006-07 PIAA State Football and Basketball championship teams and was voted ‘Most Athletic’ in his class. In track and field Ryan excelled in both the long and triple jumps and the javelin​,​ placing in all three at the district level and holding the javelin school record at that time. Ryan went on to attend Edinboro University on a football scholarship where he was a 4-year starter for the Fighting Scots. He was selected to the 1st team all-PSAC at linebacker and was team captain. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Ryan currently lives in Edinboro with his wife Gina and is employed by Russell Standard as a Sales and Territory Manager.


Shawn Walker was a member of the 2008 graduation class of GMHS. An excellent student who was also athletically gifted, Shawn participated in two sports–football and basketbal​l​​–​earning seven varsity letters. In football, he was named to numerous all-region and District 10 teams and was a 1st-team all-state selection. In Basketball, Shawn also was named to numerous all-region and district teams and was named Player of the Year in D10 and was a two-time 1st team all-state honoree. In addition, Shawn was a valuable member of the 2006-07 PIAA State Football and Basketball championship teams. Following graduation, Shawn went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro University and participated on the football team where he was an all-PSAC selection at tight end. Shawn currently lives in Owosso MI with his wife Danielle and their children Kara, Claire and Kennedy.



Blidi Wreh-Wilson also was a member of the General McLane Class of 2008.​ Blidi was a great student achieving perfect attendance for his high school career. ​ An outstanding all-around athlete, he earned seven varsity letters​ playing​ soccer​, ​basketball​, football​ and track and field​. Blidi was a member of the PIAA ​state ​championship basketball team in his Junior season. He was a talented forward on the Lancer soccer team, but, as fate would have it, he decided to play football his Senior year and performed at a high level. Following graduation Blidi was recruited for football at the ​D​ivision I level and continued his education and athletic career at the University of Connecticut. While a Huskie, he was a three-year starter at the cornerback position and two-time team captain. After graduating with a ​dual major​ in​ Economics and Business Marketing​​, Blidi was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 3rd round​ (70th pick)​ of the NFL draft. After four seasons with ​the ​Titans he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons where he currently plays​ cornerback. ​His team was the 2016 NFC Champion and Super Bowl participant.